Watford's Meriden estate could be enlarged by 90 new homes

Watford's Meriden estate could be enlarged by 90 new homes

Watford's Meriden estate could be enlarged by 90 new homes

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A housing association has revealed aspirations to build 90 new homes on a Watford estate.

Watford Community Housing Trust bosses told residents of the Meriden Estate they are considering building a new block of flats to accommodate 50 new homes.

It also emerged they are looking into developing a further 40 new homes in different sites across the estate.

Euan Barr, head of business at WCHT, said the trust is aiming to put in a planning application for the regeneration in the new year.

But residents of the north Watford estate have voiced concerns against the creation of more flats.
Stephen Moss said he got the impression the plans were relatively firmed up.

He said: "It feels as if they are going ahead with this development regardless of what residents want or our opinions.

"It’s not a case of if, but when this thing is built."

Mr Moss was one of 19 residents to attend a meeting held by the trust to further explain their plans for the estates regeneration.

There, concerns about current properties being overlooked, problems with parking and nearby schools already at capacity and therefore not being able to accommodate new children moving into the estate were raised.

Details of the proposals have come to light just as Watford Borough Council granted planning permission for a development on the Boundary Way estate.

Three Rivers District Council is yet to decide on the application to extend the Garston estate by 56 homes.

The trust confirmed nothing had gone to the planning stage yet with the Meriden Estate, but said an affordable housing grant had been applied for as the trust intends to build 500 homes across Watford and Three Rivers by 2017.

Euan Barr said: "We are looking at development opportunities in all our community areas because we want to make use of the land we own to provide affordable homes. 

"We have identified that we could potentially provide a sheltered housing scheme and additional housing in the Meriden, but we haven’t prepared plans as yet. We are consulting with residents at this stage to find out their aspirations for the community. 

"We have an opportunity not just to provide new homes but a whole range of improvements to the area and the local facilities, and we would like local residents to help with our thinking on this. That’s why we have set up a joint action group called the ‘Placemakers’, which will work together with residents to identify and unlock potential. 

"We are holding an event on Meriden Park on Saturday 13 where we will be inviting everyone to give us their views."

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6:41pm Thu 4 Sep 14

gusgreen says...

Not MORE bloody houses when are the stupid councilors and other idiot politicians going to listern to the people and have LESS bloody people.
Immigration last year over 250000 people this utter madness!
Not MORE bloody houses when are the stupid councilors and other idiot politicians going to listern to the people and have LESS bloody people. Immigration last year over 250000 people this utter madness! gusgreen
  • Score: 3

7:46pm Thu 4 Sep 14

ancientandageing says...

So they want to build on the old school playing field, and squeze in 45 other homes. I think the best bet would be to git rid of the waste transfer station and buikd there,however the trust don't own that land and that seems to be the main criteria.
As for Immigrants comeing over here, making us coffee, staffing our care homes, paying taxes to keep our pensioners in oversized properties exempt from the bedroom tax.
Lets face it we can find some other way togive 60% of the entire welfare budget to a 1/6th of the opulation, I know maybe we could take it of off the sick and Disabbled, single parants, schools, social services and councils, o h hang on we are allready doing it,'
Lucky we have the immigrants to blame for everything isn't it
So they want to build on the old school playing field, and squeze in 45 other homes. I think the best bet would be to git rid of the waste transfer station and buikd there,however the trust don't own that land and that seems to be the main criteria. As for Immigrants comeing over here, making us coffee, staffing our care homes, paying taxes to keep our pensioners in oversized properties exempt from the bedroom tax. Lets face it we can find some other way togive 60% of the entire welfare budget to a 1/6th of the opulation, I know maybe we could take it of off the sick and Disabbled, single parants, schools, social services and councils, o h hang on we are allready doing it,' Lucky we have the immigrants to blame for everything isn't it ancientandageing
  • Score: -4

9:27pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Lofty12 says...

The last thing we need is more houses on the Meriden estate, traffic is bad enough as it, in fact we do not need to keep building houses in Watford at all, our doctors surgerys and hospital cannot cope with the amount of people in the area and our schools are over subscribed.
The last thing we need is more houses on the Meriden estate, traffic is bad enough as it, in fact we do not need to keep building houses in Watford at all, our doctors surgerys and hospital cannot cope with the amount of people in the area and our schools are over subscribed. Lofty12
  • Score: 15

7:26am Fri 5 Sep 14

ancientandageing says...

Blaming immagrants and criticizing the housing trust, for wanting to build more social housing is not really the answer to public sector cuts, us getting mugged over the hospitalor indeed poor planning on scgools
Blaming immagrants and criticizing the housing trust, for wanting to build more social housing is not really the answer to public sector cuts, us getting mugged over the hospitalor indeed poor planning on scgools ancientandageing
  • Score: -5

7:30am Fri 5 Sep 14

Cuetip says...

Why is it that so many people feel insignificant, and rightly so about coalition’s commitment to garden cities?

Apparently the coalition Government wants to build “a garden city or two”, Eric Pickles has said. Mr Clegg said: “ our housing strategy committed us to publishing a prospectus for new garden cities and that is exactly what we’ll do’’.

If you read what our political leaders say and what really happens, it’s no wonder people are increasingly disillusioned with any information eg Watford’s new hospital. With an election coming, the spinning sound bites in political leaflets - with photo ops - on jobs, social justice etc will only get worse.

This disturbing trend of concreting over certain Watford wards will have devastating effects on our already overcrowded schools, roads, doctors’ surgeries, parking and providing an environment to achieve optimal health.
Why is it that so many people feel insignificant, and rightly so about coalition’s commitment to garden cities? Apparently the coalition Government wants to build “a garden city or two”, Eric Pickles has said. Mr Clegg said: “ our housing strategy committed us to publishing a prospectus for new garden cities and that is exactly what we’ll do’’. If you read what our political leaders say and what really happens, it’s no wonder people are increasingly disillusioned with any information eg Watford’s new hospital. With an election coming, the spinning sound bites in political leaflets - with photo ops - on jobs, social justice etc will only get worse. This disturbing trend of concreting over certain Watford wards will have devastating effects on our already overcrowded schools, roads, doctors’ surgeries, parking and providing an environment to achieve optimal health. Cuetip
  • Score: 7

9:50am Fri 5 Sep 14

garston tony says...

I'm not sure how the demand for housing is linked to government expenditure? There is going to be a need for housing wether the government spends £100 or £100million. They are also not in control of people bonking without protection and thanks to EU laws (many of which you can thank the last Labour goverment for agreeing too) its limited in what it can do regards immigration.

Concentrating on these issues isnt relevant to what WCHT are planning to build on the Meriden estate, I suggest for all those concerned you concentrate on the plans and not be distracted.

As to the hospital Cuetip, remind me what wonderful things Labour did for Watford General in its 13 years in power?
I'm not sure how the demand for housing is linked to government expenditure? There is going to be a need for housing wether the government spends £100 or £100million. They are also not in control of people bonking without protection and thanks to EU laws (many of which you can thank the last Labour goverment for agreeing too) its limited in what it can do regards immigration. Concentrating on these issues isnt relevant to what WCHT are planning to build on the Meriden estate, I suggest for all those concerned you concentrate on the plans and not be distracted. As to the hospital Cuetip, remind me what wonderful things Labour did for Watford General in its 13 years in power? garston tony
  • Score: 4

10:43am Fri 5 Sep 14

ancientandageing says...

@tony apart from Stroke unit, new minor injuries and Emergancy bit, improved maternaty, commitment to the watford site and a PFI scheme for a new hospital I am scrathcing my head.
I do know that it was there for the birth of two of our children, that it was there for familey members and that over the years of Labour Gov investment has gone in to improve the facilatiesand services there.
As to the Meriden I think that the Doctors surgerys should be fine if resourced properly however the situation with schools is a different story due to the reduction in capacity a few years back (shuting Meriden Primary and building houses on it)
@tony apart from Stroke unit, new minor injuries and Emergancy bit, improved maternaty, commitment to the watford site and a PFI scheme for a new hospital I am scrathcing my head. I do know that it was there for the birth of two of our children, that it was there for familey members and that over the years of Labour Gov investment has gone in to improve the facilatiesand services there. As to the Meriden I think that the Doctors surgerys should be fine if resourced properly however the situation with schools is a different story due to the reduction in capacity a few years back (shuting Meriden Primary and building houses on it) ancientandageing
  • Score: -3

11:52am Fri 5 Sep 14

gusgreen says...

ancientandageing wrote:
@tony apart from Stroke unit, new minor injuries and Emergancy bit, improved maternaty, commitment to the watford site and a PFI scheme for a new hospital I am scrathcing my head.
I do know that it was there for the birth of two of our children, that it was there for familey members and that over the years of Labour Gov investment has gone in to improve the facilatiesand services there.
As to the Meriden I think that the Doctors surgerys should be fine if resourced properly however the situation with schools is a different story due to the reduction in capacity a few years back (shuting Meriden Primary and building houses on it)
and what parallel universe are you living in?
[quote][p][bold]ancientandageing[/bold] wrote: @tony apart from Stroke unit, new minor injuries and Emergancy bit, improved maternaty, commitment to the watford site and a PFI scheme for a new hospital I am scrathcing my head. I do know that it was there for the birth of two of our children, that it was there for familey members and that over the years of Labour Gov investment has gone in to improve the facilatiesand services there. As to the Meriden I think that the Doctors surgerys should be fine if resourced properly however the situation with schools is a different story due to the reduction in capacity a few years back (shuting Meriden Primary and building houses on it)[/p][/quote]and what parallel universe are you living in? gusgreen
  • Score: 3

12:02pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Veritas says...

hmm, why is this bloody housing trust so interested in building
more houses?

They can't manage the ones they have, how many bloody directors
are earning over £100,000k?

They need to reduce salaries across the board get rid of half the managers
and reduce the rents, that is the way it would have been run if it was
still in "council hand" as it is rents are way to high!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!
hmm, why is this bloody housing trust so interested in building more houses? They can't manage the ones they have, how many bloody directors are earning over £100,000k? They need to reduce salaries across the board get rid of half the managers and reduce the rents, that is the way it would have been run if it was still in "council hand" as it is rents are way to high!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!! Veritas
  • Score: 1

1:37pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Andrew1963 says...

Only 90? Thank goodness the Meriden is not like the high density terraced streets of West Watford. If it was the Lib Dems would want to put 700 flats on its door step.
Only 90? Thank goodness the Meriden is not like the high density terraced streets of West Watford. If it was the Lib Dems would want to put 700 flats on its door step. Andrew1963
  • Score: 3

7:16pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Cuetip says...

Veritas wrote:
hmm, why is this bloody housing trust so interested in building
more houses?

They can't manage the ones they have, how many bloody directors
are earning over £100,000k?

They need to reduce salaries across the board get rid of half the managers
and reduce the rents, that is the way it would have been run if it was
still in "council hand" as it is rents are way to high!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!
Didn't realise you supported a policy of putting 'social housing' back into the hands of councils.

Just wondering if there are any other businesses which charge inflated prices which should be brought back into public ownership?
[quote][p][bold]Veritas[/bold] wrote: hmm, why is this bloody housing trust so interested in building more houses? They can't manage the ones they have, how many bloody directors are earning over £100,000k? They need to reduce salaries across the board get rid of half the managers and reduce the rents, that is the way it would have been run if it was still in "council hand" as it is rents are way to high!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Didn't realise you supported a policy of putting 'social housing' back into the hands of councils. Just wondering if there are any other businesses which charge inflated prices which should be brought back into public ownership? Cuetip
  • Score: 2

8:45am Mon 8 Sep 14

garston tony says...

Veritas wrote:
hmm, why is this bloody housing trust so interested in building
more houses?

They can't manage the ones they have, how many bloody directors
are earning over £100,000k?

They need to reduce salaries across the board get rid of half the managers
and reduce the rents, that is the way it would have been run if it was
still in "council hand" as it is rents are way to high!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!
Maybe they are interested in building more houses because they have a waiting list of several thousand people whove applied for housing through them, oh and maybe because thats their job!

They seem to be doing a pretty decent job of managing the properties they have too, no idea what you are on about
[quote][p][bold]Veritas[/bold] wrote: hmm, why is this bloody housing trust so interested in building more houses? They can't manage the ones they have, how many bloody directors are earning over £100,000k? They need to reduce salaries across the board get rid of half the managers and reduce the rents, that is the way it would have been run if it was still in "council hand" as it is rents are way to high!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Maybe they are interested in building more houses because they have a waiting list of several thousand people whove applied for housing through them, oh and maybe because thats their job! They seem to be doing a pretty decent job of managing the properties they have too, no idea what you are on about garston tony
  • Score: 0
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